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Israel launches GAZA AIR STRIKES in retaliation for Eilat attacks – guardian.co.uk

August 18, 2011

Israel launches Gaza air strikes in retaliation for Eilat attacks

Air strikes come hours after gunmen armed with heavy weapons and explosives killed at least seven people in southern Israel

guardian.co.uk, Thursday 18 August 2011 17.25 BST

Israel claims the gunmen who carried out the attacks near Eilat crossed the Sinai from Gaza. Link to this video

Israel launched air strikes on Gaza on Thursday after blaming militants in the Palestinian territory for deadly attacks near Eilat earlier in the day.

Militants said five Palestinians were killed in the strikes.

Earlier at least seven people died when squads of gunmen armed with heavy weapons and explosives crossed into southern Israel from Egypt and attacked buses, cars and an army patrol, officials said.

The Israeli government immediately blamed attackers from Gaza. “This is specific information,” said spokesman Mark Regev. “This is not an assessment. This is not an estimation. This is very, very precise information that they came out of Gaza. We have no doubt.”

He did not provide further detail.

Taher Nunu, a spokesman for the Hamas government in Gaza, denied that the militants were involved. “Gaza has nothing to do with these attacks in Eilat,” Nunu said.

The attacks in Israel began around midday local time and lasted for about three hours. Assailants targeted a packed bus driving along a road about 10 miles north of the Red Sea resort, close to the border crossing into Sinai. Within the space of about an hour, the attackers opened fire on another bus and two civilian vehicles on the same road, and an army vehicle rushing to the area drove over an explosive device, the military said in a statement.

via Israel launches Gaza air strikes in retaliation for Eilat attacks | World news | guardian.co.uk.

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One Comment
  1. August 18, 2011 10:37 AM

    The Israelis have a right to defend themselves. Every other country in the world would take the same defensive action.

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